Sunday, November 20, 2011


Saturday was a lovely day -- it was perfect for raking leaves.  Too bad we weren't home long enough to do any raking.

-- In the morning, a make-up class in Theater Skills in Maryland Heights.  The teacher had been sick earlier in the week.

-- Then home for lunch.

-- And off to U. City for ballet class.

-- And from there directly to Pattonville High School Auditorium for the Fall Showcase, wherein the performing arts students from one of the places we take classes show what they've been working on thus far this school year.  This included monologues from the Theater Skills class:

Thalia did a monologue from A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which was rather earnest and angsty.

Some songs from Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella for Annabeth's Musical Theater class:

Seen here making Cinderella's coach -- the kids who were the wheels were supposed to do forward rolls as they moved along.  I wish I had a video of Stepsister's Lament, but our camera chose that moment to cease focussing.

And the older Musical Theater kids performed numbers from Pippin:
Thalia singing Magic to Do.  I've decided to believe the out-of-focus pictures look arty, in keeping with the Fosse-style choreography.

-- Home for supper.

-- Then to Nerinx Hall in Webster for their production of Phantom of the Opera.  Which was excellent.  But I really dislike their theater due to lack of leg room.  (Of course, the fact that I'd spent much of the day either sitting in a theater or sitting in some creative arts building on a crappy seat didn't help matters.)  Several of the guys in it were from SLUH (Nerinx is all girls), and Thalia actually recognized some of them.  The Phantom was played by a guy from Pattonville, coincidentally.  Small world.

So, overall I felt like we sort of had a marathon of performing arts going on.  I awoke Sunday morning with the main musical theme of Phantom running through my head, although I kept tending to sing, "Join us.  Leave your fields to flower...."  In the meantime, Rick kept singing "Ten Minutes Ago".  

Of course, Sunday was cold and rainy, and perfectly awful for raking leaves.  We had church -- Thalia's choir sang -- and then returned in the afternoon for a rehearsal of the musical Annabeth's group is putting on in a few weeks.  Other than that, we've been doing the stuff we didn't have time for yesterday, like washing the dishes and letting the rats have some free range time (hey, guess what!  Annabeth had handed me a donut-hole to put in a napkin in my purse earlier!  Guess who found it!).

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